Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Directed by Ruggero Deodato

Starring Robert Kerman, Carl Gabriel Yorke

I kept going back and forth on whether or not to post this one, but for the horror/gore fans, it just doesn’t get any better/worse. This is the sickest, most disturbing movie you will probably ever see. I can’t even post the poster, because it would be in poor taste. I’m giving all the warnings now, because I don’t want the wrong people renting this film thinking it’s going to be the next Mary Kate and Ashley team-up romp. This is just horrible at it’s most horribleness.

It’s sick.

The film revolves around the discovery of some tapes from a lost American documentary crew that disappeared in the Amazon rainforrest and the filmmaker Monroe who followed their journey to discover what happened. After encountering two extremely savage tribes of cannibals, he comes to find that the documentary crew behaved poorly around the natives and were thusly dispatched in the most gruesome way possible.

That’s the plot. What fills in the other 90 minutes is the most disturbing gore and horror you can possibly imagine. Controversy is rife surrounding this film as numerous real animals were slaughtered on film and some very unsavory material is explored, rape, murder, torture, dismemebering, impalment, you get the idea.

Highly sensationalized and definitely exploitational, this film was railed by critics upon its release and banned from most countries. The director was even brought up on charges of murder, claiming that Holocaust was a snuff film. What’s disturbing is that clips of actual execution footage are used in the film, taken from The Last Road to Hell. It also happens to be one of the most successful horror movies ever made, which is an interesting reflection on our society.

After watching this I felt a strong need to shower and burn my clothes. It’s that disturbing. It makes films like Hostel and Saw look like a Vegetales movie. Don’t see this movie unless you want to be scarred for life.

Other Notable Films by this Director: Seriously? You watched and you want more? You’re sick.

Don’t watch the trailer at work…

The Descent (2005)

Director: Neil Marshall

Starrring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, molly Kayll

Awards: Won Saturn Award for Best Horror Film (2007), Empire Award for Best British Film (2006), British Independent Film Award for Best Director (2005)

Imagine going on a cave exploring expedition with five of your closest friends. Now imagine one of these friends was having an affair with your husband. A husband that you accidently killed in a car accident with your daughter serval years prior. Now imagine while on this spelunking trip, all of you got lost in an unexplored cave system and quickly find out that you are not alone. Thus begins a terryfying tale that will have you at the edge of your seat all the way till the bone-chilling conclusion that will leave you breathless. Such is the experience you’ll have as you descend through the excellent film, The Descent.

Being a huge fan of horror films, The Descent surprised me by catching me off guard with it’s many layers and unrelenting suspense. Like all the great classics such as Jaws and Alien, The Descent lets the tension build upon itself and slowly reveals the movie’s adversaries. Even better, by spending the first half of the movie character building, the audience comes to care about the protaganists as they are put through a gauntlet of terror. The Director, Neil Marshall who previously only directed the great werewolf film Dog Soldiers, took a step from Alien and prevented any of the cast members from seeing what the underground creatures that they are to face look like until the the actual scene of their meeting was shot. Their reaction in the film is genuine. On the dvd you’ll get the original and far superior ending to the movie. The theatrical run had the last few minutes chopped off to give the film a more “happy” ending. Just as Jaws had you doubt ever going into the ocean again, this film will have you thinking twice before going underground into those deep, dark places.

Other Notable Films by this Director: Dog Soldiers (2002), Doomsday (2008).


May (2002)

Director: Lucky McKee

Starring: Angela Bettis, James Duval, Anna Faris

What would you recommend someone who is lonely and has no friends do? If you said make one up, then perhaps May is the film for you. In this quirky and dark movie both written and directed by Lucky McKee, May is a young women who is a little twisted and has a tough time making friends. The only friend May had while growing up was a doll given to her by her overbearing mother. A mother who demanded perfection despite her daughter being born with a lazy eye. As May reaches adulthood, she makes an attempt at making new friends only to find them all flawed one way or another. The solution May comes up with is morbidly intriguing as she sets out to make the perfect friend out of the best parts of her broken ones.

Filled with interesting characters, clever editing, and dark mood, May is a film that never bores.

Other Notable Films by this Director: The Woods (2006)